Now that SIGNAL/FLOE is behind us, we can look forward to some future ice fishing projects! I’m now gearing up for the next installation of STATION, which opens at the Yukon Arts Centre on March 10th, 2016 alongside two other solo exhibitions by Josh Winkler and Joseph Tisiga. This exhibition of STATION will include the first ever element of Future Telephone, and a new set of large scale photo prints from the STATION archives. I am looking forward to putting this all together and seeing for the first time how it will all gel.
In the meantime, here are a few last process shots of SIGNAL/FLOE that I wasn’t able to post in the midst of all of the flurry of activity in wrapping up the project:
I was lucky enough to have an audience sometimes to watch me do the grunt work!
Here are also a few images of the final installation. I will be making a video at some point from the footage sent to me by videographer Pat Bonner, who took a few of these shots, and did a fantastic job documenting in the -22 winter weather!
We only had one major malfunction during the show, which was the Third Space Gallery laptop that shut down likely due to the cold weather. So there was a 30 minute intermission for the video work while we took the computer inside to warm up before firing it up again. Thankfully it worked! Also, because the audio portion was run separately, there were no interruptions for the audio. The outdoor horn speakers and speaker stands made out of pallets and 5×5″ beams worked beautifully throughout the night. My friend Colin Hill worked with me on the new sound track, a more subdued, warmer, less sharp version of the audio that i used in STATION.
This is a new version of the audio for STATION mixed and mastered by Colin Hill. Colin and I worked together on this track after I did the recording from a heartbeat, which I then distorted to sound like a sonar or radar. Thinking of the mechanisms within the body that act like the radar, a pulse, or an internal rhythm. Colin softened the edges of this a bit so it sounds more fluid, less jagged, more depth, rounded out.
This track was used in the installation of SIGNAL/FLOE in Saint John, NB as part of an exhibition with Third Space Gallery that involved making thirty hollow ice sculptures that were made from 45 gallon barrels cut in half to be used as moulds. The 12 moulds were filled with water from a nearby freshwater brook and when frozen the half-barrels of ice were dragged out to the frozen river where they were placed in a scattered formation. The result appeared as thirty oil barrels floating down the Kennebecasis river towards Saint John, NB.
The location of this project was key. Rothesay, NB, home of Irving Oil, within a landscape that for centuries has largely depended on the river itself, its watershed and natural surroundings.